French reaction to Greek 'no' in bailout referendum

French president François Hollande is to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris on Monday in a crucial meeting a day after the Greek people voted massively to reject the terms of the latest bailout terms for Greece. Official reaction from the French government to the unexpectedly clear-cut nature of the 'no' vote in Greece, where more than 60% of those who voted backed the stance of prime minister Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza government, was muted. But many politicians on the Left in France – and some on the far-right too – greeted the news as a victory for democracy over EU and IMF-imposed austerity. Mediapart reports on the reaction in France to the Greek referendum vote.

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Many on the Left in France greeted with pleasure the news that the 'no' camp in the Greek referendum on the latest European bailout deal won a clear majority. With the 'no' stance adopted by prime minister Alexis Tsipras winning around 60% of the vote, the socialist president of France's National Assembly, Claude Bartolone, immediately called for negotiations between Athens and its institutional creditors to resume “from tomorrow” - and under new terms.

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